In my Autumn shopping list: Animal prints and textures

I love animal print, in fact the other day I was at Christian Louboutin in Mayfair admiring a pair of wedge leopard booties, and the lovely (super leggy, I must admit, with a little envy...) sales girl commented to me how leopard print is not even a statement anymore, it's become a neutral as much as black and camel. I couldn't agree more. I love leopard print so much I wear it all year round, but mostly in the winter. I feel it will be pretty big this season, judging by the catwalk shows... But this year I want to take a bit further, by trying a couple of other animal prints, cheetah, ocelot, and, the trickiest of all, zebra. But to do so I'll be sure to follow my three rules for animal print fashion.

First rule: make sure you dose the animal print in your outfit... a scarf or a pair of shoes are the perfect accessory to an all black (or better, all cream) outfit, but try not to wear all your animal print pieces at once!

Rule numero dos: whilst it's ok to wear animal print in the office, it's best to keep the cuts classic and the lengths reasonable,... ahem, what I mean to say is that a leopard print mini skirt is a no-no at work, unless you want people to start wondering if you're perhaps angling for a fast-track promotion (and who wants that rumour to run around?)

And finally, rule three: don't think the only colours animal print goes with are black and camels... I love a leopard scarf with a grey blazer or a bordeaux skirt... What I'm trying to say is, to wear your animal spots intelligently, you have to think outside the box!

Anyways, here is my animal print edit, Autumn 2013 edit:

1. Printed calf hair bomber jacket, Isabel Marant
2. Cotton zebra-print sweatshirt, Mango
3. Baby cheetah print beret, Marie MerciĆ©
4. Satin leopard print dress, L'Agence
5. Leopard print calf hair stilettos, Gianvito Rossi
6. Zebra print calf hair belt, Fausto Colato
7.  Iphone cover in calf hair with leopard spots, J.Crew
8. Leopard print and black leather clutch, Lanvin
9. Bracelet with leopard detail, Reiss
10. Grey leopard slippers with metal toe, Ted Baker
11. Silk scarf, Alexander McQueen
12. Leopard collar knit top, Oasis
13. Zebra print envelope clutch, Fendi
14. Monochrome print skirt, Preen
15. Leopard print shoe boots, Hobbs


Jordan Parks said...

I was rather reluctant to try animal prints as every time I saw them images of 90's fashion sprang to mind. That at my 2nd grade class photo of me wearing head to toe leopard print -_- But now that I have gone a good season of seeing how others are wearing it, I'm much more eager to try. I like the idea of it being a good neutral pattern if you wear all solids. For fall I am hunting for flats in a large leopard print and the perfect scarf.

LittleS said...

Hi Jordan! I like the lightness of the McQueen one in this post, otherwise another good leopard scarf is the classic LV one. For flats, I've seen some very affordable ones at Oasis today, but if you can splurge Charlotte Olympia has made her kitties slippers in leopard this season, to die for!